Youth Service Grant Proposal

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ANDY LEWIS WRITING SAMPLE- CONFIDENTAL DOCUMENT Advocates for Youth Youth of Color Initiative Runaway and Homeless Adolescent HealthCare Project Runaway and Homeless Adolescent HealthCare Project _________________ a community-based 501(C)(3) organization delivering services to children and families in Central Brooklyn since 1998 submits the following proposal to Advocates for Youth, Youth of Color Initiative for consideration. ________ is requesting $______ to assist our Runaway and Homeless HealthCare Support Project, and to enhance our Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program to provide special emphasis on adolescent girls who are homeless. Our mission is to empower individuals, promote self-sufficiency, and create a sense of community. We accomplish this through programs focused on educational advancement, economic empowerment, and neighborhood development. Our programs build greater access to health education and resources, help people find jobs, and support our community’s young people with programs that promote educational, recreational, and socialization skills. _______________ principally serves the Central Brooklyn communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ft. Greene, Clinton Hill, Bushwick and Brownsville, though we were recently selected to provide after-school services to high schools in the Bronx and we manage a Citywide Day Care network. We work within a network of five satellite offices and partner with schools, government agencies, and other community-based organizations to deliver life sustaining services. To date, BBCC has provided programs and services to over 12,000 community residents. The majority of our clients are low-income, people of color. Their ethnic composition reflects the communities that we serve with 55% African-American, 30% Hispanic, 10% White, and 5% Asian and others. Over 40% collect some form of public assistance, and almost 50% of children under 17 live below the poverty level. These communities represent the largest share of the city’s minority population under 18 years of age (34%), the largest proportion of immigrant youth (33%), and the largest number of public school students (349,222). The project for which funding is being requested will provide direct, comprehensive services to runaway or homeless adolescent boys and girls from the low-income neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn, New York,. The Project will enable these vulnerable youth to receive healthcare support and counseling while efforts are made to resolve their difficulties. The Project also specifically works with girls to reduce the risks of becoming pregnant or exposed to HIV/AIDS as a result of their homelessness, and to help provide care for teenage girls who become pregnant. _______________ has a history of working with this population. _______________ currently works with these youth under a contract from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development to provide Brooklyn’s first Drop-IN Center for Runaway and Homeless Youth. The purpose of this request is to supplement the services allocated under the contract by adding the components of this health care access project. ANDRE LEWIS 1/8

ANDY LEWIS WRITING SAMPLE- CONFIDENTAL DOCUMENT Advocates for Youth Youth of Color Initiative Runaway and Homeless Adolescent HealthCare Project In 2003, _______________ inaugurated its Prevention Support Center to provide our clients with age, gender and lifestyle appropriate information on HIV/AIDS. The Prevention Support Center includes Youth Voice, which offers a ten-week training session to educate and counsel youth of color and LGBTQ teens, from the ages of 15 to 22 about HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention; the Peer Educators Program offers training to high school age men and women to become advocates among their peer groups to convince other young people to avoid the risk factors that contribute to HIV and AIDS; and Youth Outreach that utilizes the trained Peer Educators to conduct outreach efforts at schools, youth...
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